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Week 3: Exploring Social Media


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The social media world is not flat. There are new lands beyond the continent of Facebook. The New world has riches, romance, opportunities, fame, and some say the secrets to eternal youth. Buy also beware! There are rumors of Medussas whose siren song will lure you in to her lair so that you will crash upon the rocks, serpents called worms that will entangle your ship and control your course, viruses that will make you and your crew sea sick, trojan ships that will approach you with free goods that hold spies that will live among you, pirate ships that will steal your goods and ask you to join in their skullduggery by trading in illegal goods, and Cyclops who will train their evil eye on you to suck out your soul and rob your privacy.

But as entrepid explorers you must put aside your fears and push out into the unknown. Forewarned is forearmed! Seek your destiny!

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Week 3: Exploring Social Media

  1. 1. The Adventurer’s Society Tim Ashley Angel Stephanie
  2. 2. The Tao of the Internet If you act according to the Way (Tao), You become one with the Way. If you act according to the Virtue (Te) You will become one with Virtue. If you lose either the Way or the Virtue, You will lose both. -Lao Tzu
  3. 3. Television is a passive, solitary activity that crowds outs out other forms of social connections. <ul><li>“ Someone born in 1960 has watched something like 50,000 hours of television already….more than five and half solid years.” </li></ul><ul><li>Clay Shirkey ~ Wired Magazine </li></ul>
  4. 4. Social Media Allows Us to be Active Participants Explorers in a world that we observe, modify, create and share with others.
  5. 5. By expanding social networks
  6. 6. Are the relationships authentic?
  7. 7. <ul><li>&quot;With  iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, - none of which I know how to work - information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>President Barach Obama </li></ul><ul><li>Hampton University Commencement Speech 2010 </li></ul>Even the president has his doubts…..
  8. 8. Will it make us smarter? Wow ! 26,000 free books on my iPad <ul><li>David Clark, senior research scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, said in the report that 10 years from now, “we may lose our ability to write, in the literal sense that students are no longer taught penmanship. We will either type or print like 8-year-olds. “But I think even e-mail stimulates the putting of ideas into writing. And while we may read only on electronic media, I think the book and the scholarly work will survive as important means both of transferring knowledge and of entertainment.” </li></ul><ul><li>Patrick Tucker, senior editor of The Futurist magazine, said in the report that “ Literary culture is in trouble … We are spending less time reading books, but the amount of pure information that we produce as a civilization continues to expand exponentially. That these trends are linked, that the rise of the latter is causing the decline of the former, is not impossible. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains <ul><li>“… .the news is quite disturbing. Dozens of studies by psychologists, neurobiologists, and educators point to the same conclusion: When we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning. Even as the Internet grants us easy access to vast amounts of information, it is turning us into shallower thinker s , literally changing the structure of our brain.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. More Reported Findings From Article (go to the link and read the text) <ul><li>“ Research continues to show that people who read linear text comprehend more, remember more, and learn more than those who read text peppered with lin ks.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Recent research suggests that links surrounded by images, videos, and advertisements could be even worse.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Psychologists refer to the information flowing into our working memory as our  cognitive load . When the load exceeds our mind’s ability to process and store it, we’re unable to retain the information or to draw connections with other memories . We can’t translate the new material into conceptual knowledge.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ We’re exercising the neural circuits devoted to skimming and multitasking while ignoring those used for reading and thinking deeply.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ As we multitask online, we are “training our brains to pay attention to the crap.” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Will social media help us live longer? <ul><li>Is your social network making you fat? Are your friends and family influencing you to smoke and drink more, or to sleep less? </li></ul><ul><li>READ : </li></ul>
  12. 12. Can social media make us happier?  <ul><li>Business wants to interact with us on a personal level. </li></ul><ul><li>The business side of social media. </li></ul>
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  14. 16. Or a source of addiction and neurosis?
  15. 18. “ The reality is that nothing on Facebook is really confidential. Facebook is founded on a radical social premise -- that an inevitable enveloping transparency will overtake modern life.&quot;
  16. 19. The Machine is US/ing Us
  17. 20. The Importance of Critical Thinking Skills <ul><li>Youth as actively constructing their social and cultural worlds, not as innocent victims or passive recipients of media messages </li></ul>
  18. 21. “ Healthy skepticism” and Critical Thinking
  19. 22. <ul><li>The active and sociable nature of youth new media engagement argues for an ethnographic approach that looks at not only the content of media but also the social practices and contexts in which media engagement is embedded. </li></ul>
  20. 23. <ul><li>dana boyd - Researcher at  Microsoft Research New England  and a Fellow at the  Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society . </li></ul>Boyd’s Law: “ Adding more users to a social network (site) increases the provability that it will put you in a awkward circumstance.”
  21. 26. <ul><li>Networked publics differ from traditional teen publics (such as the mall or the school) in some important ways. Unlike unmediated publics, networked publics are characterized by their persistence, searchability, replicability, and invisible audiences. </li></ul>
  22. 27. Visit the sites below and explore social-media and social networking sites that may be relevant to your life and your future.